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16th September

LIFE is a drama. Those who overcome life’s many ups and downs to emerge triumphant in the end are genuine victors. I hope you will cheerfully live out your lives of profound mission, devoting yourself to the unsurpassed teachings of the Mystic Law, while transforming sufferings into joy and all adversities into nourishment for further growth.

MEDICALLY speaking, proper diet, sufficient exercise and sleep, and the reduction of stress are regarded as keys to good health. All these factors are incorporated in my four mottos: (1) do an invigorating gongyo; (2) conduct your daily life in a reasonable and productive manner; (3) be of service to others; and (4) maintain sound eating habits.

BEFORE shrinking from what lies before us, we have to set ourselves into action. As long as we take action, we can climb any difficult mountain, no matter how steep. We have to take the first step. We have to press on. We have to climb it, a step at a time, never rushing, but advancing with patient and steady perseverance.

LIFE is long. Both pleasure and pains are inseparable parts of it. You must never relinquish your faith, which is the great Way to the supreme and greatest good of happiness. Right faith is the means to establish truly eternal happiness.

EVEN our internal journey through time is included in this single moment of life. An individual’s daimoku and determination in faith at this moment form causes that will later become manifest, based on the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect. For this reason, your ichinen at this very moment is the most important issue in the Daishonin’s Buddhism.

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